The Full Toss

Welcome to TFT, one of the UK’s longest serving cricket blogs. We’ll be here throughout the year to debate, moan, and occasionally rejoice about the England cricket team. If something’s bothering you, whether it’s selection, governance, or the cost of a pint, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional writer or copywriter, just a fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info. Cheers.

2301, 2011

Call off the CB series now!

By |January 23rd, 2011|Categories: News|4 Comments

Just like picking one’s nose or belching in public, losing to Australia is not a habit we want to get into. However, after another lamentable batting performance today, we’ve now lost four in a row. The only saving grace is that both teams have got so many injuries – thanks mainly to a ridiculous workload that seems more suited to a [...]

2101, 2011

The 2nd ODI – When Morgan fails, England fail

By |January 21st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |10 Comments

We thought we were making progress in ODIs but we’re not so sure now. The opening partnership looks wrong (having failed numerous times in the past), Trott looks too one paced at number three, Yardy isn’t convincing at number seven, and we’re missing an inform Paul Collingwood to lift the side with bat and ball. The inconvenient truth is this: [...]

2001, 2011

Weigh in again, Sam

By |January 20th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |10 Comments

Tubby or not tubby, fat is the question for Samit Patel – and Andy Flower obviously thinks it’s the former. After being named in the preliminary squad for the World Cup, Patel had a real chance of making the final fifteen. However, Flower revealed yesterday that the Nottinghamshire all-rounder was discounted because his waistline has expanded to Mike Gatting proportions [...]

1901, 2011

First the Ashes, now the World Cup?

By |January 19th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |4 Comments

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or in some cases, the tough get told to bugger off. The selectors have made plenty of difficult decisions over the last six months. Paul Collingwood, who was captain during the T20s, was left out of Sunday’s ODI team (wow, a batsman actually dropped?!). And KP was rested / told to [...]

1901, 2011

Could your county club go bust?

By |January 19th, 2011|Categories: County Cricket|18 Comments

Leicestershire CCC are seemingly at risk of going under. It was reported yesterday that the Grace Road club made a loss of £404,862 in the 2010 season, leaving them with liabilities of £233,717. Loss and debts are nothing new for counties, but this time the language is getting darker. Their auditors Thomas May & Co went as far as to say [...]

1801, 2011

The Full Toss questionnaire

By |January 18th, 2011|Categories: Being an England supporter, ECB|2 Comments

First, a huge thank you for all your contributions and support during the Ashes. We really appreciate the time and effort you’ve spared to take part in our discussions, and air your views. The last two months – which have encompassed such emotion and mutual sleep deprivation – have certainly been a bonding experience for us all. We hope you’ve [...]

1601, 2011

So we finally lost. Excuse me if I don’t slit my wrists

By |January 16th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |5 Comments

Eng 294 (50 overs). Shane Watson 297 (49.1 overs) A couple of days ago we asked if the ODIs mattered. After our loss to the Aussies on Sunday I think we can safely say ‘of course not, it’s just a bit of hit and giggle’. Had we won, however, we might have given you a different answer – but we won’t [...]

1401, 2011

Do the one-dayers matter?

By |January 14th, 2011|Categories: News|1 Comment

As I write, the second T20 is about to get under way. Good luck lads. Two-nil has rather an attractive ring to it. But from Sunday, the tone changes again - with the first of an eye-popping seven 50 over ODIs between us and Australia. Within English cricket, opinions vary widely about the importance - or otherwise - of 50 [...]

1401, 2011

Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt…

By |January 14th, 2011|Categories: News|3 Comments

And when it comes to celebrating our historic Ashes triumph - now you can! The team at Philosophy Football - despite the name - have launched a commemorative t-shirt (above) to celebrate our boys' feats down under. They're the guys behind those shirts which quote philosophers, with a name and squad number - you might have seen the ones featuring [...]

1201, 2011

The Mighty Woakes – England win first T20

By |January 12th, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

Australia 157-4. England 158-9. England win by 1 wicket (off the last ball) After a nervy start with the ball, Chris Woakes must have feared the worst. Fortunately, with the bat, the Warwickshire youngster was calmness personified. He brandished the willow with great aplomb and guided England home off the last ball of the match. He’s got real courage, this lad. [...]

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